Monday, March 12, 2012

Celebrate with great green veggie dishes


If ever there's an opportune time to coax your kids to eat more green veggies, this is it.

Take full advantage of the wee 'uns excitement for St. Patrick's Day and serve them some healthy green goodness. These favorites from our archives are by no means Irish, but that's besides the point.

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Pesto, that magically delicious favorite, gets a delicious twist as Popeye Sauce: spinach and cream cheese pack a powerful nutritional punch, and kids will adore coating pasta and gnocchi with this festively green sauce.

Baby spinach makes an understated guest appearance in one of my favorite spreads, Spring Pea Dip. You can whip it up in under 10 minutes with frozen peas. Set it on the table with crackers or baby carrots while you prepare dinner — and watch it disappear.


Finally, for an quick and easy side, toss together the Minty Armenian Cucumber Salad pictured at the top of this post. It's simply delicious, and a lovely addition to a packed lunch.

We'll feature a few more of our favorites for this very lucky holiday throughout the week!

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